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Professor Valeriy Vyatkin (TCII Chair and Sub-Committee Chair on Distributed Systems)
Valeriy Vyatkin is on joint appointment as Chaired Professor of Dependable Computation and Communication Systems, Lulea University of Technology, Lulea, Sweden, and Professor of Information and Computer Engineering in Automation at Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland. Previously, he was a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University, U.K., and had permanent academic appointments with the University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand; Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany, as we'll as in Japan and Russia. He received Ph.D. degree from the State University of Radio Engineering, Taganrog, Russia, in 1992. His research interests include dependable distributed automation and industrial informatics; Industrial Internet concepts, such as Internet of Energy and Internet of Things, system and software engineering for industrial automation systems; and distributed architectures and multi-agent systems applied in various industry sectors, including smart grid, material handling, building management systems, data centres and reconfigurable manufacturing. Dr. Vyatkin is Associated Editor of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics. He was awarded the Andrew P. Sage Award for the best IEEE Transactions paper in 2012.

Professor Elizabeth Chang (TCII Co-Chair and Sub-Committee Chair on CPS)
Prof Chang is Professor in IT, Logistics Informatics and Canberra Fellow at the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy. She hold BSc, MSc and PhD in Computer Science, Software Engineering and Computer Engineering. Her current research focuses on Defence Logistics; Intelligent Transport Systems, Ambient Security, Cyber-Physical Systems; Trust and Risks, Emergency Situation Awareness; and underlying technologies including business intelligence and real time big data analytics.

Her previous academic achievement includes 20 Competitive Research Grants including 10 Australian Research Council (ARC) Grants worth over $11.5 million. She has supervised/co-supervised 38 PhD theses to completion. She has delivered 37 Keynote/Plenary speeches largely at major IEEE Conferences and published many scientific work including 6 authored, 8 edited books, 15 book chapters, 90+ International journal papers and over 300 refereed conference papers with an H-Index of 33 (Google Scholar). Her previous academic positions include Professor and Director for Tier 1 Institute of Excellence on Digital Ecosystems and Business Intelligence and CoE for Extended Enterprises and Business Intelligence at Curtin University; A/Professor and Director for Logistics Informatics Research Centre at the University of Newcastle, and Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at La Trobe University while doing her Post-graduates.

She is the Chair for IEEE IES Technical Committee on Industrial Informatics (2014-2015) where she will provide leadership in this area in the world by attracting top talent and researchers from around world to help define the future research directions. She is also an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics (since 2007) and Guest Editor on IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics (since 2005), Co-editor in chief for International Journal on Engineering Intelligent Systems. She was honoured to be Technical Chair or General chair for over 20 International and IEEE Conferences.

Armando Colombo (TCII Co-Chair and Sub-Committee Chair on SOA)
Dr. Colombo is program Manager in Schneider Electric, Germany. He is also Professor of Industrial Informatics and Automation. University of Applied Sciences Emden-Leer, Germany. Consulting by Schneider Electric, as Edison Level-2 Group Senior Expert: Responsible for Coordinating European Collaborative Projects; Responsible for research direction, the co-ordination and management of R&D projects across the Schneider Electric Corporation; Responsible for the Organisation and Co-ordination of Co-operative R&D Activities between the Schneider Electric BU Industry and Universities / Research Centres

Dr. Nikolaos Papakonstantinou (TCII Co-Chair and Sub-Committee Chair Safety assessment of complex systems)
 Dr. Nikolaos Papakonstantinou has a diploma in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Patras (Greece) and a doctorate degree in Information Technology in Automation from Aalto University (Finland). Currently he is a research scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland in the area of system modeling and simulations. He focuses on simulation and model driven approaches to system design, operation and safety assessment. Before moving to VTT, as a post-doctoral researcher at Aalto University, he focused on simulation based safety assessment of complex systems using case studies from the nuclear power production industry. He managed the IFAPROBE project, part of the Finnish Research Programme on Nuclear Power Plant Safety and was the responsible teacher for the "Managing the product life cycle" master level course. His earlier research was in the area of automation software design, mainly targeting IEC61131 and IEC61499 based controllers, with applications on machine, batch and continuous process automation control.

Professor Ernesto Damiani (TCII Co-Chair and Sub-Committee Chair on Cloud Computing)
Ernesto Damiani is a full professor at the department of information technology of the University of Milan, Italy. He has held visiting positions at several international institutions, including George Mason University (USA), and is an adjunct professor at the University of Technology, (Australia). Prof Damiani coordinates several research projects funded by the Italian ministry of research, the European commission and by a number of private companies including CISCO, St Microelectronics, Siemens Mobile and BT exact. His research interests include knowledge extraction and metadata design, advanced software architectures and soft computing. On these topics he has filed international patents and published more than 200 refereed papers in international journals and conferences. Ernesto Damiani is the vice-chair of the IFIP WG on web semantics (wg 2.12) and the secretary of the IFIP WG on open source systems (wg 2.13). He is the author, together with W. Grosky and R. Khosla, of the book “Human-Centered e-Business” (Kluwer 2003). In 2000, he was the recipient of ACM SIGAPP outstanding service award.

Dr. Omar Hussain (TCII Secretary and Sub-committee Chair on Risk Management)
Omar Hussain research interests include risk quantifications, trusted computing and database interoperability. He has published over 25 research papers in his fields of interest as book chapters, journals and international conferences. He is a member of the programme committee for several international conferences and is also a member of professional bodies. His PhD thesis was titled ‘Risk Measurement, Prediction and Management in e-Business and Service Oriented Environment’ for which he received Chancellor’s commendation. He is also the recipient of the Master of Computer Science Award from La Trobe University in 2005.

Anatoly Shalyto (TCII Co-Chair and Sub-Committee Chair on Machine Learning in Industrial Informatics)
Anatoly Shalyto is a professor and a leading researcher at the department of computer technologies, faculty of IT and programming, ITMO University, St. Petersburg, Russia. His research mostly concerns automata-based programming. In particular, he introduced a methodology for automata-based programming called Switch-technology. In later years, his research is mostly dedicated to connection of automata-based programming to machine learning techniques for solving such problems as automata synthesis, automata testing and automata verification. The results of this research are currently used in a variety of Russian industrial companies. Professor Shalyto is also a coauthor of the UniMod tool that supports automata-based programming. The UniMod tool is currently used in educational process in several Russian and Italian universities. His results were published in many international conferences, including IEEE Integration of Knowledge Intensive Multiagent Systems (KIMAS), ACM Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO), IEEE International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA), Language and Automata Theory and Applications (LATA). He is the author of a series of articles devoted to the problems of Computer Science and education in Russia. For his achievements in education, in 2008 he got a Russian State Government award.

Professor Tommi Karhela (TCII member and Co-chair of the subcommittee on Simulation)
Prof. Tommi Karhela is a Research Professor of Computer Simulation Technology and Research Manager of Systems Engineering Research Area at VTT. Karhela joined VTT 1996 and received his Ph.D. (Tech) degree at Helsinki University of Technology in 2002. Doctoral thesis was titled “A Software Architecture for Configuration and Usage of Process Simulation Models”. Karhela is working also part time at the Aalto University as a Professor of Practice in the area of software and systems engineering in industrial automation. Prior to joining VTT, Karhela has worked short periods at CERN Geneva, Technology Center of Sandvik-Tamrock and Theoretical Research Center of Physics at Helsinki University. Karhela’s current research interests include process simulation, semantic data modeling and software architectures. He received VTT award on 2009 and Finnish Automation Award on 2010 based on the research and development work related to the open semantic integration platform for modelling and simulation (

Dr. Farookh Hussain (TCII Conference Chair and Sub-Committee Chair on Trust Computing)
Farookh Hussain from UTS from 2012, is widely known for his work on trust and reputation modelling, management and quantification. He has completed his PhD under the supervision of Professor Elizabeth Chang and Professor Tharam Dillon. His areas of active research are trust, reputation, trust ontologies, data modelling of public and private trust data. He works actively in the domain of making informed business decisions (business intelligence) through the use of trust and reputation technology. He is interested in the application of trust and reputation as a technology, as a business analysis and intelligence tool, and the applications of trust and reputation to various domains. His other areas of active interests are in Web 2.0, social networks and mashup. He is currently in the process of developing a generic methodology for mashup (information mashup, agent mashup and service mashup). He has received over 190 citations (Google Scholar) and he has a Hurst Index of 5 (Google Scholar). Farookh has authored one text book, edited four conference proceedings and has authored over 150 research articles for various international journals, book chapters and conferences.

Wing-Kuen Ling (TCII Conference Co-Chair)
Wing Ling at School of Information Engineering at Guangdong University of Technology, China. He is specialising Consumer Electronics, signal processing and Optimal time frequency technologies for communication, Networks and digital signal processing. He has awarded over 40 million yen of research funding from Chinese NSF, Young researcher of the year and state government funds. He is TCII Conference Co-Chair and volunteered his time to support IEC society and TCII.


Jenny Huang (TCII Workshop Chair)
Jenny Huang has nearly 30 years in AT&T and AT&T Foundry, one of the America Largest Telco companies in the United States. She also worked for non-profit organizations. She has worked at corporate strategy and international standards development both at technical as well as management level, with a focus on operations and enterprise agility to effectively compete in an increasingly globalized environment. This substantial experience has given her rich resources for her industry based research, co-innovative workshop development and well-known workshop keynote speaker in the area of Digital Ecosystems and Sustainable Development.

TCII Committee Members and other Sub-Committee Chairs

Milos Manic (TCII Sub-Committee Chair on Human System Interaction)
Miloš Mani is an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department, is an adjunct faculty member in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) program and the Neuroscience program, and is the program director for the CS and ECE programs in Idaho Falls.In search of academic advancements and fresh powder, he has stayed at the same latitude north of 43°. He moved from his birthplace, City of Fairies (Naissus, Latin name for Niš), to the City of Trees (Boise), only to end up in a city with one of the highest ratios of PhD's per capita in the nation, the City of Falls (Idaho Falls), where he currently enjoys research, teaching, playing jazz and volunteering for the national ski patrol.

Evgeny Osipov (TCII Sub-Committee Chair on Bio-inspired industrial informatics)
Dr. Evgeny Osipov is a full professor at Luleå University of Technology. He received PhD in Computer Science from University of Basel, Switzerland in 2005, Licentiate of Engineering from KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden in 2003 and completed a pre-doctoral programme at EPFL, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 1999. His major research interests are in cognitive computing and communication architectures applied to various scenarios of future cyber-physical systems and Internet-of-Things. Prof. Osipov published 60+ research works on international conferences and in journals. He has raised external research funding in excess of 1 MEur. He is an experienced educator teaching and examining in several undergraduate and MSc-level courses.

Achim Karduck (TCII Sub-Committee Chair on Smart Energy and Smart Grid)
Achim P. Karduck has been appointed as Professor for Telematics at Furtwangen University, Germany by the State of Baden-Württemberg in 1997. At Furtwangen University, he co-established the degree program of Computer Networking and is responsible for the international collaborations in the area of Computer Science/IS. His research activities are in the area of Software Architectures and Telematics, Collaborative Systems, and Digital (Business). Often, the research is being done in conjunction with industrial partners and international research centers (such as Daimler Research, SAP Research, Australian Antarctic Division). He has lectured and researched internationally at Tongji-University Shanghai (China), Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil), and the Grand Ecole EMAC (Albi, France), and Curtin University (Perth, Australia).

Dr. Zhibo Pang (TCII Sub-Committee Chair on Industrial Internet of Things, Services , and People)
Dr. Zhibo Pang (PhD, MBA, Senior Member IEEE) is currently a Principal Scientist and Project Manager at ABB Corporate Research, Västerås, Sweden and serving as Adjunct Professor or similar roles at KTH (Sweden), Tsinghua University and BUPT (China). He has been leading projects related to wireless communication and Industrial IoT at ABB for smart homes and buildings, smart factory and manufacture, and smart grids. Before ABB, he started his career in semiconductor industry, designing baseband and application processors and turn-key solutions for mobile smart devices. He has 25+ patents and 50+ refereed papers.

Alex Talevski (TCII Sub-Committee Chair on Communication and Intrusion Detection)
Alex Talevski has been industry collaboration Projects Manager of the DEBI Institute for 7 years. He obtained his PhD entitled ‘Reconfigurable Plug and Play Component-Based Software Framework’ at only 24 years of age. He was the youngest to ever achieve this title in his department & also one of the first to have a thesis accepted without changes by all reviewers at La Trobe University. He has co-authored more than 50 scientific publications in the forms of book chapters, keynotes, refereed international journal & conference papers. Two of his papers have won best-paper awards & three were presented as a keynote address. He regularly participates in international academic boards & conferences, reviews scientific papers & is currently an associate for the IEEE Transaction on Industrial Informatics. Dr. Talevski has managed more than 30 industry-based, large-scale solution development projects comprised of up to 30 concurrent developers with widely acclaimed success. The solutions were the basis for numerous successful International & National Research Council / Research Centre grants.

Mr. Florian Gottwalt (TCII Sub-Committee Chair on Communication and Intrusion Detection)
Florian Gottwatt is a PhD Student at UNSW Canberra under supervision of Professor Elizabeth Chang. His principal research interests lie in the field of large scale cyber-physical systems, with a focus on network anomaly and intrusion detection. His PhD focuses on further investigation and enhancement of techniques to secure cyber-physical systems, especially related to Defence Logistics. Before joining UNSW Canberra, Mr. Gottwalt did his Master’s degree in Cyber Security at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. During his Bachelor studies at the Hochschule Furtwangen University in Germany, he also did a semester abroad at Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China. Mr. Gottwalt’s research capability has been recognized by different competitive scholarships such as University International Postgraduate Award (UIPA), UNSW Canberra – Study Canberra Scholarship, ACT Government, Establishment Scholarship, UNSW Canberra and Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) Scholarship.

Richard Zurawski (TCII Sub-Committee Chair on Embedded Systems)
Richard Zurawski fellow IEEE, is with ISA Group, San Francisco, CA, involved in providing solutions to Fortune 1000 companies. He has over 30 years of academic and industrial experience, including a regular professorial appointment at the University of Tokyo, and full-time R&D advisor with Kawasaki Electric, Tokyo. He has provided consulting services to Kawasaki Electric, Ricoh, and Toshiba Corporations, Japan. He has participated in a number of Japanese Intelligent Manufacturing Systems programs.

Naeem Janjua (TCII Sub-Committee Chair on Web Semantics)

Naeem Janjua is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at School of Business, UNSW, Canberra. He has published an authored book, a book chapter, and various articles in international journals and refereed conference proceedings. His areas of active research in are web semantics, knowledge representation and reasoning, enterprise knowledge management, modelling and automation of business processes and Big Data analytics. He works actively in the domain of making informed business decisions (business intelligence) through the use of Web-based intelligent decision support systems. He is an Associate Editor for International Journal of Computer System Science and Engineering (IJCSSE) and International Journal of Engineering Intelligent Systems (IJEIS). He has more than 8 years of experience in information system’s design and development in various business environments.

Professor Tharam S. Dillon (TCII sub-Committee Chair on Big Data)
Prof. Dillon is internationally recognised for his research on Semantic Web, Web services, knowledge discovery, and data mining, neural networks, intelligent systems, object-oriented systems, communications, fault tolerant systems, and distributed protocol engineering. He is head of the IFIP International Task Force WG2.12/24 on Semantic Web and Web Semantics, and the IEEE/IES Technical Committee on Industrial Informatics.He has published 12 books, 650 research papers as book chapters, in journals, and in international conferences. His research has received over 2,500 citations with a Hurst index of 24 (Google scholar).

Tasneem Memon (TCII Sub-Committee Chair on Data Science)
Tasneem Memon is a data science researcher at the School of Business, UNSW, Canberra. Her research interests include cognitive computing, machine learning, data analytics, automated mitigation of cognitive bias, cognitive decision support and human-centric systems. Her research is published in various top ranked publications. She is a core member of Decision Systems and e-Service Intelligence (DeSI) lab at UTS, and an Associate Editor for International Journal of Computer System Science and Engineering (IJCSSE). She holds an extensive experience in decision support and business intelligence systems design and development.

Dr. Vidyasagar Potdar (TCII Sub-Committee Chair on Cyber and Information Security)
Dr. Potdar’s two main areas of research include Information Security and Wireless Sensor Networks. Under the umbrella of information security he heads the Anti-Spam Research Lab, which undertakes cutting edge research in the areas of web spam, Botnet detection, impacts of spam on the economy, cost of spam, and related security technologies like digital watermarking, steganography, Digital Rights Management & RFID security. He also heads the Wireless Sensor Networks Research Lab, which undertakes research in the areas of wireless hardware development, communication protocol development, advanced cross layer protocol design etc. Dr. Potdar has a strong background in Information Security & Software Engineering.

Dr. Sazia Parvin (TCII Sub-Committee Vice Chair on Cyber and Information Security)
Dr. Sazia Parvin is a data and system security researcher at the School of Business, UNSW, Canberra. Her research interests include network security, trust management, cyber systems, cloud computing, big data analytics, system software and intelligent information systems. Her research is published in various top ranked publications. She has published over 27 research papers in her fields of interest as journals and international conferences. She is an Associate Editor for International Journal of Computer System Science and Engineering (IJCSSE) and International Journal of Engineering Intelligent Systems (IJEIS). She has more than 7 years of experience in information system’s design and development in various business environments. She holds 7 years of extensive teaching experience in Software and Computer Engineering discipline. She has achieved several prestigious Research Grants from Australia and South Korea. She is also the recipient of the ‘Gold Medal’ Bachelor of Computer Science and Engineering Award from Jahangirnagar Univeristy in 2004 for her outstanding performance (First Class First Position) in that academic year.

Dr. Pornpit Wongthongtham (TCII Sub-Committee Chair on Software Engineering on Industrial Applications)
Dr. Wongthongtham is a Research Fellow in the area of ontology and semantic web technology, knowledge modelling and management, and software engineering. She has over 12 years of academic, research, professional and industry experience and over 40 scientific research publications. Most of her publications are in the top ranked publications including IEEE and ACM. Besides a significant number of publications, she has been invited to undertake various roles on several international program committees, including technical program chair and track chair for a number of leading conferences. She is also reviewer in a number of journal and research grant proposals. Additionally, she regularly examines theses for Higher Degree Research. She has been awarded several fellowships, for example, from the Thai-Australia Science and Engineering Assistance Project (TASEAP).

Dr. Kit Yan Chan (TCII Sub-Committee Chair on Real Time Data Mining)
Dr. Chan received his MSc degree in Automatic Control and Systems Engineering from The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, his MPhil degree in Electronic Engineering from City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong and his PhD degree in Computing from London South Bank University, United Kingdom. His research interests include computational intelligence and its applications to product design, manufacturing process design, and forecasting of traffic flow. He has published over 25 international journal papers and 30 international conference papers in the fields of computational intelligence and its applications. Apart from academic researches, he has collaborated with industries to which computational intelligence methods have been applied.

Mr. Morteza Saberi (TCII Sub-Committee Vice Chair on Real Time Data Mining)
Mr Morteza Saberi is an outstanding researcher with UNSW Canberra, Business School. He has published more than 120 papers in reputable academic journals and conference proceedings, of which over 15 papers related to his PhD thesis. In his current research interests, which include systems modelling, fuzzy and soft computing and data mining in unstructured context, he has published over 65 scientific papers, including 20 international Journal papers. He was a Lecturer at the Department of Industrial Engineering at University of Tafresh. He is also the recipient of the 2006-2012 Best Researcher of Young researcher Club, Islamic Azad University (Tafresh Branch). He is also the recipient of National Eminent Researcher Award among Young researcher Club, Islamic Azad University members.

Dr. Roopak Sinha (TCII Sub-Committee Chair on Formal methods in Industrial Informatics)
Roopak Sinha member IEEE IES, is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. His overall research theme can be described as "Next-generation Formal Frameworks for Designing Large-scale Embedded Software" with application in Industrial Automation Systems, IoT, and Intelligent Transportation Systems. Over the past 10 years he has focussed on the use of formal methods to create formalisms, abstractions, algorithms and tools for the requirements engineering, design, testing, and runtime phases of the development of large-scale distributed embedded systems. He has previously worked at INRIA, Grenoble and The University of Auckland, and holds a PhD in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

Asst. Professor William Dai (TCII Sub-committee Chair on Factory Applications of Industrial Informatics)
William Dai is an Assistant Professor at Department of Automation, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China and a member of Process Control Key Laboratory of Ministry of Education, China. He received a Bachelor of Engineering (with honours) degree in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2006. He completed PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2012. He was a postdoc research fellow at Lulea University of Technology, Sweden from 2013 to 2014. He was funded as a Shanghai Pu Jiang Program Scholar in 2015. His research interests are software architecture in industrial automation (IEC 61131-3 and IEC 61499), self-manageable industrial cyber-physical systems, industrial field-bus communication protocols, manufacturing execution systems and enterprise resource planning systems, cloud-based simulation and emulation for industrial automation and application of wearable and portable devices in factory automation. He had been also a software engineer/architect from Glidepath Group – a New Zealand based airport baggage handling system provider from 2007 to 2013. He involved in numbers of airport baggage handling system and parcel sortation system projects in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, China, Africa, Middle-East and South America.

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